Definition of delegation in English:



  • 1treated as singular or plural A body of delegates or representatives; a deputation.

    ‘a delegation of teachers’
    • ‘That's something I heard on a continuous basis when I met with American delegations.’
    • ‘Other workers should organise delegations to council picket lines in every area.’
    • ‘Large numbers of trade unionists went on the anti-war demonstrations, but not in general as organised delegations.’
    • ‘The international delegations were made especially welcome and placed right near the head of the march.’
    • ‘The exhibition is a private event with government delegations invited.’
    • ‘We get delegations of people who come to look at the store from different countries.’
    • ‘But there is no automatic right of Scottish representation in UK delegations.’
    • ‘Since then, the group has organized visits to the US for several legislative delegations.’
    • ‘At the same time, each of the four delegations present includes Pashtun representation.’
    • ‘Activists are also organising to get big delegations of students.’
    • ‘We offer services to identify agents and arrange appointments for business development delegations.’
    • ‘They also hope for further union delegations to extend the links of international solidarity.’
    • ‘He led many delegations overseas to promote Victoria and to seek investment for its development.’
    • ‘A committee has also been set up to monitor delegations, ensuring that they meet protocol requirements.’
    • ‘The office sifts the papers coming into the department and decides most of which papers and delegations the minister should see.’
    • ‘Many delegations saw the steering groups as an extra layer in an already overburdened hierarchy.’
    • ‘Groups around Britain are organising delegations to send to the conference.’
    • ‘The Foreign Ministry will encourage the exchange of business delegations.’
    • ‘Negotiations began between delegations of the three parties on the formation of an Executive.’
    • ‘The biggest job for us is to manage all the people involved, whether it be the delegations, the police, the government and so on.’
    deputation, delegacy, legation, mission, diplomatic mission, commission
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  • 2mass noun The action or process of delegating or being delegated.

    ‘the delegation of power to the district councils’
    • ‘A moment's thought will indicate why delegation of power to make regulations has been necessary.’
    • ‘The delegation of regulatory powers to a transnational network is likely to raise even stronger doubts.’
    • ‘The Government was right to realise the need for more delegation of powers from Whitehall.’
    • ‘There's no vote and no delegation of power to experts or a committee by the group.’
    • ‘It contains a very comprehensive delegation of powers, including a power to sell or rent property.’
    • ‘The delegation of those powers is a trend in the right direction, as provided for by this bill.’
    • ‘One of the roles of the new committee is to appoint the UK delegation to general assemblies.’
    • ‘It appears that the trustees' power of delegation cannot be excluded by the settler.’
    • ‘You have to trust them, you have to give them the power and delegation in terms of personnel finance and likewise other areas.’
    assignment, entrusting, giving, committal, devolution, deputation, transference
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Early 17th century (denoting the action or process of delegating; also in the sense ‘delegated power’): from Latin delegatio(n-), from delegare ‘send on a commission’ (see delegate).